Axar Patel received the Player of the Match award for his spell of 3/16 as India successfully defended a tricky total of 175. With this win, India have taken an unassailable lead of 3-1.
India successfully defended a tricky total of 174 runs against Australia by 20 runs to win the fourth T20I in Raipur and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
Avesh Khan also washed his hands in the flowing river as he dismissed Ben Dwarshuis to leave Australia reeling.
After going for 22 runs in an over at the start, Deepak Chahar stormed back in style later with big wickets of both the set batters Tim David and Matt Short.
Axar Patel is ripping through this inexperienced Australian batting line-up as after the big wicket of Travis Head, he has now broken the partnership between Ben McDermott and Tim David by dismissing the former. The required rate has now gone up to 12 and Australia have lost four wickets.
Axar Patel might have taken his omission from the T20 tour of South Africa seriously as he has been on fire in the fourth T20I taking wickets of Travis Head first and now Aaron Hardie. Australia have now gone from 40/0 to 52/3 and need a big partnership to challenge India's score.
Ravi Bishnoi as usual got the first wicket sending back Josh Philippe while Axar Patel dismissed the dangerous Travis Head as India made a strong comeback with quick wickets.
Travis Head got off to yet another flier as he amassed 22 runs off one over of Deepak Chahar as Australia made a rapid start in a chase of 175.
Another double-wicket over for Australia after Jason Behrendorff dismissed set Rinku Singh meant that the visitors were able to restrict the Men in Blue on 174.
Ben Dwarshuis bowled an excellent 19th over as he gave away just 7 runs and took a couple of wickets including the big one of Jitesh Sharma.
Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma brought 50-run stand as India got the big finish they desperately needed at the end as both batters went hard against the Australian bowlers in the last few overs.
Ruturaj Gaikwad's struggle came to an end just when it looked like that he was going to tee off, Tanveer Sangha ended his stay.
After taking a few balls, Rinku Singh was at his work as he began with a reverse sweep six off Matt Short and a six over long-on against Ben Dwarshuis. India need a big finish and Rinku will be key.
India have suddenly gone from 50/0 to 63/3 with Suryakumar Yadav departing for just 1 as the Men in Blue find themselves in a spot of bother.
Foxed by the turn from Tanveer Sangha, the returning Shreyas Iyer fell cheaply as he couldn't time the lofted shot well over the long-on fielder and Green took a simple catch.
Just when it looked like Yashasvi Jaiswal was taking the attack to the opposition, Aaron Hardie induced a false shot from the left-hander who could only get his lofted shot as far as a running mid-on as India lost their first wicket on the final ball of the powerplay.
Yashasvi Jaiswal began a bit slow while respecting the good balls and started smashing for the third over onwards as he got off to another good start. India started slow but covered up in the remaining three overs of the powerplay.
Yashasvi Jaiswal survived an LBW appeal in the very first over and then slowly got into his own as Australian bowlers didn't let the Indian batters off the hook that easily.
India's batting has been on fire in the series with 200-plus scores in all three matches so far and more of the same will be on the radar for the batters in Raipur as well with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ruturaj Gaikwad taking guard.
Playing XI: Josh Philippe, Travis Head, Ben McDermott, Aaron Hardie, Tim David, Matthew Short, Matthew Wade(w/c), Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Green, Jason Behrendorff, Tanveer Sangha
Playing XI: Ruturaj Gaikwad (VC), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rinku Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Axar Patel, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar
As expected, Australian skipper Matthew Wade won the toss and opted to bowl first on the expected lines given there was dew to come and the wicket looked good.
The pitch report by Murali Karthik and Matthew Hayden suggested that it will be another high-scoring game in the series as the wicket looked good and the captain winning the toss will want to chase.
A loss in the third T20I in Guwahati meant India had to wait for one more game to be able to seal the series, having won the first two matches. Australia stayed alive in the series while they will be hoping to take it to the decider.
Welcome to our live coverage of the 4th T20I between India and Australia from Shaheed Veer Narayan International Cricket Stadium in Raipur.
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